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pyqt-distutils 0.5.0

A set of distutils extension for building Qt ui files

A set of distutils extension to work with PyQt applications and UI files.

The goal of this tiny library is to help you write PyQt application in a pythonic way, using to build the Qt designer Ui files.

This works with PyQt4, PyQt5 and PySide.


Add the following lines to your

# import build_ui
    from pyqt_distutils.build_ui import build_ui
    cmdclass = {'build_ui': build_ui}
except ImportError:
    build_ui = None  # user won't have pyqt_distutils when deploying
    cmdclass = {}



To build the ui/qrc files, run:

python build_ui

To forcibly rebuilt every files, use the --force option:

python build_ui --force

UI Files

The compilation of ui files is driven by a pyuic.json file, which is a plain json file with the following format:

    "files": [
    "pyrcc": "pyrcc5",
    "pyrcc_options": "",
    "pyuic": "pyuic5",
    "pyuic_options": "--from-imports"

Here is a brief description of the fields:

  • files: list of file pairs made up of the source ui file and the destination package
  • pyrcc: the name of the pyrcc tool to use (e.g: ‘pyrcc4’ or ‘pyside-rcc’)
  • pyrcc_options: pyrcc options (optional)
  • pyuic: the name of the pyuic tool to use (e.g: ‘pyrcc4’ or ‘pyside-rcc’)

Starting from version 3.0, you can use a glob expression instead of a file path. E.g., to compile all ui files under the forms directory in package/forms, you could write the following pyuic.json:

    "files": [
    "pyrcc": "pyrcc5",
    "pyrcc_options": "",
    "pyuic": "pyuic5",
    "pyuic_options": "--from-imports"

Command line tool

Starting from version 0.2, you can use the pyuicfg command line tool to manage your pyuic.json file:

# generate pyuic.json in the current directory, for use with PyQt4
pyuicfg -g

# generate pyuic.json in the current directory, for use with PyQt5
pyuicfg -g --pyqt5

# generate pyuic.json in the current directory, for use with PySide
pyuicfg -g --pyside

# add files
pyuicfg -a forms/main_window.ui foo_package/forms
pyuicfg -a resources/foo.qrc foo_package/forms

# remove file
pyuicfg -r resources/foo.qrc


The following packages are required:

  • enum34 (python enums)
  • docopt


You can either install from pypi:

(sudo) pip install pyqt-distutils

Or from source:

pip install .


This project is licensed under the MIT license.



  • allow the use of .json extension instead of .cfg (both are supported, .json become the default extension)


  • fix python 2 compatibility (#2)


  • remove useless and confusing print statement


  • add a --force flag
  • always force compilation *.qrc files


  • allow glob expression in files lists.


  • fix missing install requirements (docopt and enum34).


  • add pyuicfg command line tool to administrate your pyuic.cfg file.


  • Improve readme


  • Fix description and examples when pyqt-distutils has not been installed.


  • Initial release
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